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Every Muslim is required to pay Zakat-ul-Fitr at the conclusion of the month of Ramadan as a token of thankfulness to Allah (swt) for having enabled him to observe fasts.

 

 

One of the main purpose of Zakat al-Fitr is to provide those who fasted with the means of making up for any errors during the month of fasting. Zakat al-Fitr also gives the poor the  means to celebrate the festival of breaking the fast (Eid al-Fitr) along with the rest of the Muslims.

 

Zakat-ul-Fitr is part of the fast of Ramadan and is characterized by the following elements:

1. It must be given before Eid prayers, unless one has a valid reason for a delay.

2. It should be given on behalf of every member of the household, whether male or female, adult or minor.

Rasulullâh Sallallâhu 'alayhi wasallam said: "The fast remains suspended between Heaven and Earth until the fitrah is paid."

Sadaqatul fitr [fitra] is a compulsory charity  meant for the poor which becomes payable on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr.
 
Fitr means to break fast or to refrain from fasting. Hence the Eid after the fasts of Ramadhân is called Eid-ul-Fitr, as it is the day of rejoicing after the completion of fasting. On this occasion of happiness, as a sign of gratitude one has to give a specific amount in aims, which is called Sad'qatui-Fitr. To purify and obtain complete blessings for the fasts of Ramadhân Mubârak one has to give Sadaqatul-Fitr. Thus it is wâjib to give Sadaqatul-Fitr to purify one's fast. The true object in giving Sadqatul-fitr on this happy, occasion is also to assist the poor and needy, so that, they may rejoice with the more fortunate.
 
Ibn Abbas (ra) reported that the Prophet (saw) made the Sadkat-ul-Fitr obligatory for the purpose of: purifying our fasting from vain talk and shameful mistakes, to make arrangements for the poor and the needy for food and clothing (for the festival ofEid). (Hadith: Abu Dawud, Ibn Maja)
 
Sadaqatul Fitr (or fitrah) is wâjib [compulsory] upon all Muslims -male, female and children fitrah should preferably be paid before the Eid Salâh.
 
It is not permissible to delay the payment of fitrah later than the Day of Eid. 
 
What amount Should be paid?
 
The amount of Sadqatul Fitr is 1.633kg of wheat or 3.266kg of barley or the equivalent in cash. Please consult your local Islamic Scholars [Ulema] for exact amount. (The amount over the last 10 years has been around £1 - £1.50 per person).
 
It is highly recommended that this amount is paid in advance so that the contributions could be used for the benefit of the poor on Eid day.

 

Category: Ramadan